How to Clean Cable Clutter

How to Clean Cable Clutter

Dennis Snider

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The modern workplace is replete with cables. Computers, monitors, external devices, phone chargers, printers… There are thousands and it can become quite overwhelming. Not only is it an eyesore that makes it difficult to clean, these unruly bunches of cables represent a real fire and tripping hazard.

Studies have shown that a clean workplace is important to productivity. If you’re clean and can focus on the tasks at hand, you’ll boost your chances of being as productive as possible.

There is a five-step plan that you can use to clean up your cables once and for all. Here’s a look at each step in turn to help you clean up your cable clutter.

1.Hide the power strips and plugs

Power strips are awesome and given the large number of devices the average person uses, they’re essential to the smooth running of an office. They don’t look great, however, so you should begin your plan by strategizing on how to obscure them.

There are a range of techniques available such as transforming a decorated shoe box to hide your cables while also managing them.

2.Tie the cables together

You’ll find that now your power strips are taken care of, there’s still an abundance of cables flowing from the box that you used. You should divide these cables into categories: those which are going to stay and those which are going to be removed regularly.

Laptop chargers will come and go, but things like a router will stay for a long time. Once you’ve divided them, it’s a great idea to use something like zip ties or cable sleeves to bunch your cables. This will make them much more manageable and help them to look clean.

3.Shorten the length of cables

It can be frustrating to have long cables everywhere. Your laptop cable, for example, is close to the power source and the large cable is overkill. Cordlets have emerged as a cool little accessory that helps you to coil the cable in order to shorten it. These can be stuck anywhere on your desk and help you to clean up your cables.

4.Organize unused cables

When a cable isn’t in use, it shouldn’t just be strewn around on the desk or ground. This opens them up to damage and adds to the general clutter. These should be arranged in specific places using something like binder clips or Sugru, a product that’s a silicone putty. These can help you to quickly find your cables that are now safely stored.

5.Label the cables
It’s important to be able to easily identify the cable you need. You can label them using bread clips or duct tape and they’ll easily stand out from the crowd.

We hope that this five-step plans helps you to tackle your cable issue once and for all!

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